The Heat: Unimaginable loss in U.S. to COVID-19

The Heat

With coronavirus cases surging across the United States, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now recommending all Americans not to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. As of Wednesday, the country surpassed more than 162,000 infections, with nearly 80,000 people in the hospital. North Dakota’s governor asked nurses and doctors to keep working even if they become sick because of staffing shortages. The situation is so dire in El Paso, Texas that prisoners have been brought in to help move bodies to mobile morgues. And some hospitals are so overrun patients are being airlifted to other cities in the state.  During a briefing by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx reminded Americans about the importance of wearing a mask indoors to stop the spread of the virus.

Joining the panel:

  • Dr. Jerome Kim is the Director General of the International Vaccine Institute.
  • Joseph Williams is the Senior News Editor with US News and World Report.
  • Andrew Noymer is an Associate Professor of Population Health and Disease Prevention Public Health at the University of California-Irvine.
  • Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam is President of the New England Complex Systems Institute and the Cofounder of the COVID Action Group.

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